Strymon Volante Has Landed – That Pedal Show

February 15, 2019

 

This is the audio from our video here: https://youtu.be/tNHZhIWPSBU

In this video we welcome perhaps the most anticipated pedal of 2019: the Strymon Volante. Strymon of course has enjoyed phenomenal success with its delay pedals to date, particularly the genre-defining TimeLine and much-loved El Capistan.
The Volante adds a whole new voice to Strymon’s echo choir, namely the vintage, multi-head drum echo sound made famous by the Binson Echorec. It also does multi-head tape and studio tape delays too. Matters arising…
• Does it sound like those old units? We have a couple for a quick comparison.
• What about the best of the modern, pedal format versions of those effects? We pick two for comparison.
• Should I replace my TimeLine or El Capistan?
• And what else does it do?

Please note: There have been many, many different kinds of tape and drum echoes over the years, and they pretty much all sound different, not least with the passage of time / different states of repair etc etc etc. With that in mind, we picked two such beasts that we had at our disposal, so please don’t be posting comments moaning about why we didn’t compare it with this, that or the other. Please.

We hope you enjoy this episode…

Pedals and stuff used…

• Schmidt Array SA525 Switcher Board
https://www.schmidtarray.com/sa525

• TheGigRig Three2One
https://www.thegigrig.com/three2one

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini
USA: http://bit.ly/2AYjob5
Australia: http://bit.ly/2mR1s8c

• Tru-Fi Colordriver
http://tru-fi.com/tru-fi-pedal-colordriver-fuzz-guitar-pedal/

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2oTblU1
USA:http://bit.ly/2rfACMd
Australia: http://bit.ly/2pUDUAE

• Dawner Prince Boonar
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2lXzfON

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2RVldeS
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Ovelqa

• Strymon Volante
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2GqJ6Iw
USA: http://bit.ly/2Gqci2u
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Ie0UZe

• Binson Echorec Baby (no longer made new)
Try Soundgas who supplied ours: https://soundgas.com/

• Roland RE-201 Space Echo (no longer made new)
Try Soundgas who supplied ours: https://soundgas.com/

• TheGigRig G2
https://www.thegigrig.com/g2
* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here: http://www.thatpedalshow.com/partners

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Epic Dan intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing today? 3:51
- The Echorec Baby: 5:00
- What are today’s big questions? 5:35
- What does the Volante do? 10:00
- Today’s amps – hello Mesa Fillmore! 12:50
- Echorec Baby (and Volante): 15:15 (15:30
- Echorec comparison to the Volante: (19:37)
- Echorec mechanical sound: 24:30
- Roland RE-201 Space Echo: 25:00 (25:39)
- …comparison to the Volante: 29:22
- So does it sound the same as the old stuff? 35:50
- Dawner Prince Boonar: 37:55
- Swell/repeats on the Boonar: 40:00
- Boonar age of drum: 41:03
- Boonar and Volante comparison: 42:20
- Volante head spacing: 46:40
- Belle Epoch Deluxe and Volante comparison: : 50:18
- What about the TimeLine or El Capistan? 57:45
- Reverb in the Volante: 1:00:10
- Stereo in the Volante: 1:02:50 (1:03:25)
- Sound on sound looping, reverse and ramp: 1:06:30
- What do we think then? 1:11:00

Guitars and amps used today:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2cQv3yT
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dlZJ6K
Mesa Fillmore FL-50 1x12 combo: http://mesaboogie.com/amplifiers/electric/fillmore-series/fillmore-50/index.html
Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo https://suprousa.com/1695t-black-magick/

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Viewer Comments & Questions: 11 February 2019

February 11, 2019

This is the audio from our video here: https://youtu.be/ONalea6S7bg

The main focus of the Q&A will be the main show that went out on the preceding Friday, but we'll answer other stuff too.

 

Here's the link to the main show being discussed – it was the second instalment of, ‘Oh, yes we do like transistor amps now’ videos. https://youtu.be/2Yy7sPVyVUs

 

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Transistor & Valve Amps Wet Dry: Quilter & BluGuitar

February 8, 2019

This is the audio from our YouTube video here:https://youtu.be/2Yy7sPVyVUs

Dan and I are both dyed-in-the-wool valve amp fans – unashamedly and unapologetically so, based on decades of their use and abuse. In this show however, we follow last week’s realisation (for us at least) that transistor amps really have moved forwards in recent years. There comes a time in every tube-amp-fan’s life when they need to listen to the best of the latest solid-state amps to hear what’s changed… Watch last week’s episode here: https://youtu.be/_QZOeXHB8AQ

Here we move along a little bit, pairing a Quilter 101 Reverb and BluGuitar Amp 1 with a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and head deeper into wet-dry territory on the end of Mick’s pedalboard. No real agenda, no science, just the same question we have all the time: can these sounds offer the requisite inspiration to really play?

The signal routing of Mick’s board is as follows, top to bottom (specific pedal links further below)

Wah wah (outside of G2)
G2 loop 1: Analog Man Sun Face Fuzz
G2 loop 2: Fulltone Octafuzz
G2 loop 3: J Rockett The Dude OD
G2 loop 4: Analog Man / Maxon OD9
G2 loop 5: Klon Centaur
G2 loop 6: Wet/dry split to GigRig Humdinger. Main out to DRY amp. Buffered out to…
Also G2 loop 6: Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Delay
G2 loop 7: Boss DC-2w Dimension C
G2 loop 8: Analog Man ARDX 20 delay
G2 loop 9: Supro Tremolo
G2 loop 10: Neo Instruments Mini Vent II (rotary speaker)
G2 output 1 to wet amp

Loop 6 stays on all the time so the dry amp is always on. The Belle Epoch Deluxe is also always on to cure a phase reversal problem when you switch it on and off. The delay level is controlled with the Dunlop Mini Volume X pedal to the left of G2.

The little green box with the LCD readout is the Amazeo controller for the Analog Man delay. It uses control voltages to create modulation and offer tap tempo.

Enjoy!

Pedals & Amps in this episode…

• Schmidt Array SA525 Switcher Board
https://www.schmidtarray.com/sa525

• Boss TU-3S Tuner
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2nUhodT
USA: http://bit.ly/2nntRpc
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Li9A0Y

• Analogman Sun Face BC183 Fuzz
http://www.buyanalogman.com/Analog_Man_Sun_Face_p/am-sun-face.htm

• Fulltone Octafuzz
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2eG68c3
USA: http://bit.ly/2fGlWfT

• J Rockett The Dude
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2MGhcsj
Australia: http://bit.ly/2G7OeQN

• Analog Man / Maxon OD9/808 Mods Classic, With Bad Bob Booster
http://www.buyanalogman.com/Maxon_OD_9_808_Mods_p/am-maxon-od-9-mods.htm

• Klon Centaur
No longer made

• Boss DC-2w Dimension C
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2QITxIG
USA: http://bit.ly/2zkob3Q
Australia: http://bit.ly/2CQ9IhY

• Analog Man ARDX 20 Dual Analog Delay & Amazeo
https://www.buyanalogman.com/category_s/513.htm

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2RVldeS
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Ovelqa

• Supro Tremolo
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2pZrAkZ

• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II
http://www.neo-instruments.de/en

• TheGigRig G2
https://www.thegigrig.com/g2

* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here: http://www.thatpedalshow.com/partners

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
Intro playing: 0:00
What are we doing today 2:20
What did we learn in episode one? 3:00
Explaining today’s wet/dry: 6:35
Why are we doing this? 7:15
What you heard in the intro / Dan going through Mick’s board: 8:05
Quilter 101 Reverb: 14:40
Solid state and digital? 15:08
But what about cabs? 16:10
Back to the Quilter: 17:30
Compared with the HRD 18:20
HRD and Quilter with the Maxon OD9: 19:58
HRD and Quilter with the J Rockett The Dude: 23:25
…and humbuckers: 24:15
Randy Bachman? 27:35
Mick is liking The Dude: 28:25
HRD & Quilter wuth a BC183 Fuzz (after some clean): 29:29 (31:18)
Quilter clean with humbuckers: 36:28
Amp settings: 40:47
Quilter Wet Dry with the HRD: 42:55
Totally yeah: 45:28
Cured the phobia? 46:40
Back to the BluGuitar Amp1: 47:40
Well, that was loud: 55:40

Guitars and amps in this episode:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2cQv3yT
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dlZJ6K
Nik Huber Krautster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2fKv0RU
Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335
Boss Nextone Artist
Quilter 101 Reverb
• BluGuitar Amp1
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

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Viewer Comments & Questions 6 Feb 2019

February 6, 2019

This is the audio from our YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/Us_YNMd4UEk

 

Here's the link to the main show being discussed – Oh, So We Do Like Transistor Amps Now? https://youtu.be/_QZOeXHB8AQ

 

We hope you enjoy this video. Please subscribe to our channel.

 

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Australia: Pedal Empire http://bit.ly/2mWmJQf

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Your Comments & Questions 4 Feb 2019

February 4, 2019

This is the audio from our YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/Rf0aKXTzW_M

 

This segment is where we answer your questions and comments – hopefully every Monday.

The main focus of the Q&A will be the main show that went out on the preceding Friday, but we'll answer other stuff too.

Here's the link to the main show being discussed – it was about Wet-Dry and Wet-Dry-Wet setups. https://youtu.be/bSz7GrRdHc0

 

We hope you enjoy this video. Please subscribe to our channel.

 

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Reappraising Modern Transistor Amps #1

February 1, 2019

This is the audio from our YouTube video here:https://youtu.be/_QZOeXHB8AQ

In this video we revisit a contentious subject for TPS: transistor amps. Dan and I have never been fans, based on those we’ve owned and played to date. Before you accuse us of snobbery, it's a matter of pure personal opinion – clearly, loads of people LOVE them. 

However, we’ve played a few things recently that have perked up the ears. Roland’s JC-40, the new Boss Nextone amps and also the Amp1 Mercury Edition by Thomas Blug in particular. So in this episode we compare the Nextone with an AC15 and a Hot Rod Deluxe, as well as having a listen to the Amp 1 with Thomas. (For the record The Amp1 uses a Nanotube in conjunction with the class D output stage, but it’s nothing like a traditional valve amp. At all.)
In part 2 (next Friday), we’ll add a Quilter 101 Reverb and more Blug Amp 1 and head into wet-dry territory.
We hope we can move the debate along. Just as there are valve amps we like a lot and not so much, so there are transistor amps likewise. We’d like to add a couple of our faves to the TPS arsenal and use them alongside everything else.

I will answer this here, so I don’t have to do it 18 thousand times in the comments (Mick here)…
Q: Why didn’t we explore the drive sounds in Nextone or Amp1?
A: Dan and I use cleaner, higher headroom amps for our rigs/boards/TPS in general, and we’re looking at the Boss and BluGuitar products in that context.

Enjoy!

Pedals & Amps in this episode…

• Schmidt Array SA525 Switcher Board
https://www.schmidtarray.com/sa525

• Boss TU-3S Tuner
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2nUhodT
USA: http://bit.ly/2nntRpc
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Li9A0Y

• Analogman Sun Face BC183 Fuzz
http://www.buyanalogman.com/Analog_Man_Sun_Face_p/am-sun-face.htm

• Fulltone Octafuzz
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2eG68c3
USA: http://bit.ly/2fGlWfT

• J Rockett The Dude
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2MGhcsj
Australia: http://bit.ly/2G7OeQN

• Thorpy FX Warthog
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2ELIE48
USA: http://bit.ly/2BXKVpz
Australia: http://bit.ly/2GS31xb

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2oTblU1
USA:http://bit.ly/2rfACMd
Australia: http://bit.ly/2pUDUAE

• Analog Man / Maxon OD9/808 Mods Classic, With Bad Bob Booster
http://www.buyanalogman.com/Maxon_OD_9_808_Mods_p/am-maxon-od-9-mods.htm

• Tru-Fi Colordriver
http://tru-fi.com/tru-fi-pedal-colordriver-fuzz-guitar-pedal/

• Klon Centaur
No longer made

• Boss DC-2w Dimension C
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2QITxIG
USA: http://bit.ly/2zkob3Q
Australia: http://bit.ly/2CQ9IhY

• Analog Man ARDX 20 Dual Analog Delay & Amazeo
https://www.buyanalogman.com/category_s/513.htm

• Free The Tone FT-2Y Flight Time Digital Delay
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2uCOem6

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2RVldeS
Australia: http://bit.ly/2Ovelqa

• Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe CS-MDV2 MKII
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2pKQOCY
Australia: http://bit.ly/2A3ZtGA

• Supro Tremolo
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2pZrAkZ

• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II
http://www.neo-instruments.de/en

• TheGigRig G2
https://www.thegigrig.com/g2

* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here: http://www.thatpedalshow.com/partners

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing? 1:30
- Tube snobs: 2:30
- When Thomas came to see us: 6:30
- Amp1 Mercury and Matchless King Cobra: 9:05
- …clean, Dan’s Tele: 10:45
- …D&M Drive & Macmull: 12:40
- What is Class D? 22:33
- Back to Nextone: 28:40
- Making the dB meter soooo much better: 30:20
- Boss Nextone Artist: 31:02
- Four ‘valve’ types: 32:00
- Mick’s gone Android: 35:25
- Comparing the AC15 and the Nextone: 37:00
- Tone cut control on the AC15: 40:00
- Four output stages in the Nextone: 42:45
- Nextone,AC15 and J Rockett The Dude: 44:40
- How loud is the Nextone? 52:00
- Nextone and Fender Hot Rod Deluxe? 53:45 (55:18)
- Hot Rod Deluxe knob settings: 58:40
- …Tube Screamer and a Sun Face: 1:03:00
- Settings for the last sounds: 1:09:25
- …and Dan’s Huber: 1:10:40
- What are your impressions? 1:13:33

Guitars and amps:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2cQv3yT
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dlZJ6K
• PRS DGT - Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2d8Xo2I
• Nik Huber Krautster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2fKv0RU
• Boss Nextone Artist
• BluGuitar Amp1 Mercury Edition
• Vox AC15 C1 (Celestion Greenback speaker)
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III
• Matchless King Cobra

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